PlayStation.Blog
PS4-The Order

Starhawk Beta Open to All PSN Users Today, Get Top Tips

Harvard Bonin's Avatar + Posted by Harvard Bonin on Feb 21, 2012 // Senior Producer, SCEA

Starhawk for PS3

We’re happy to announce (remind) everyone that the Starhawk Multiplayer Beta is open to ALL COMERS today, Tuesday, February 21st only on the PlayStation Network! You don’t have to “like” us on Facebook, you don’t have to “accept a special offer” and you don’t have to sign up for any service (that is, except for the PlayStation Network free service)! Everyone is welcome to join! Just check the PlayStation Store and prepare yourself for a good time!

In the coming weeks we’ll be upgrading the Beta a ton. You can expect a new map, new vehicles, new weapons, 32-player max matches and more. Remember, this is still a beta, not a demo. We are actively finding and fixing problems — and we need your feedback!

The Starhawk Beta will not last forever. When we’re done testing it will go “bye-bye”… and so I wrote a poem to illustrate my point…

The Starhawk Serenade
If you don’t try Starhawk you’ll be sad,
While your friends are having fun you’ll be mad,
It’s such an easy download,
Your head may explode!
There’s so much d&*#*! fun to be had!

You will be sad if you miss out! Don’t be sad. Live a little!

For you new players, here are a bunch of handy tips…

You can post your bug feedback by logging into the Starhawk Beta forums using your PSN ID. Also, check the fan-made Starhawk wiki for info, and check the Lightbox Beta news for regular updates.

We realize that a lot of new players will be jumping in. Here are some tips to help you along.

General Starhawk Beta Tips

  • Kill to build, build to kill. Kill enemies to get more Rift Energy to build more stuff to kill more enemies.
  • Shoot glowing Rift barrels to collect more Rift Energy.
  • Do not repeatedly build the same structures. Things like Garages or Launch Pads allow you to create new vehicles without building a new structure.
  • If you stay in the vicinity of your base area and Rift Extractor you will auto-magically collect Rift energy.
  • Each structure does something specific. Discover its purpose!
  • Most all the structures have a glowing yellow panel. If you go up to one, you will be prompted to either create a new vehicle or remove the building. Removing repeated buildings is a great way to ease the strain on your structure cap.
  • Use mics for the best experience….and sometimes to learn a few new words. :)
  • Pick your Skill wisely. You can also change them during a match during respawn. Remember that you need enough XP points and the listed prerequisite for a Skill to unlock.

Starhawk for PS3

Top 10 Starhawk Beta Tips from Real Beta Players!

  1. Wall Spam, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing! If you place a ton of walls they will suck up structure cap space – and the enemy will fly over them anyway! Use them intelligently. Look to create choke points and use them efficiently. It’s very tempting to build them as they are relatively cheap and they scratch the “build a base” itch. Stand firm! Avoid spamming the battlefield with unwanted clutter! – From H-BOMM
  2. Take My Knife, Please! When you’re knifing an enemy try to jump and knife at the same time. You can also get higher (stand on a rock, etc).
  3. Sniper Time! If you aim the LR-3 Railgun for a long period of time the laser will show and your location will be revealed. Use it quick to avoid detection. – From Matt-Moore
  4. Chose Your Friends Wisely! Working as a team is absolutely critical to have a shot at winning. Teamwork is key. – From Outast_Graves
  5. Mic Up! Use your mic. Encourage your friends to use their mics and work together for optimal fun. — From Sharp Dagger
  6. For The Love Of God, RUN! Hold R2 to run. Do it always. Never walk. Always run. Run, run, run. – From TuckTay
  7. Enemy Mine! The mines are magnetic…you can stick them to your Hawk or Razorback. Get close enough to enemy Hawks or Razorbacks and they will “jump” onto them and explode. –From Seven11
  8. To Build Or Not To Build. If you need a Razorback or a Mech, look around your base first. Don’t build another structure if they are there already. Run up to the yellow panel and build the vehicle. – From SmokScr
  9. Sell You Down The River. You can sell and remove most buildings by using the yellow control panel. Just run up to it, choose to “remove” and down it comes — From Ikeler
  10. Bite The Hand That Feeds. If you EVER see a player with the handles LBI (insert name here) or SONY (insert name here) kill, kill, kill…. – From RobbieK

Controller Layouts

Here are the Starhawk Beta controller layouts for your viewing pleasure…

Starhawk: Character Control Scheme

Starhawk for PS3: Vehicle

Starhawk: Aircraft Control Scheme

Beta Maps

For those new players out there a couple of top-down maps to help you get your bearings on the action….

Scourge

Starhawk for PS3: Acid Sea

Space

Starhawk: Space Minimap

//Add Your Own

116 Comments   21 Replies

51

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

Do you have to have Playstation Plus to get the beta?


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

    We’re happy to announce (remind) everyone that the Starhawk Multiplayer Beta is open to ALL COMERS today, Tuesday, February 21st only on the PlayStation Network!


52

+ DDIJSquad on February 21st, 2012 at 2:14 pm said:

I don’t get it. the beta still says it’s for PSPlus members. ):


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

    it will be for everyone later today when the store does its update


53

+ NOBODIE on February 21st, 2012 at 2:29 pm said:

I played warhawk from day one and it was awesome… I’m gonna play starhawk on day one and it’s gonna be INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:51 pm said:

    lol tell DSquad :)


54

+ slavezero9 on February 21st, 2012 at 2:30 pm said:

Please read former replies before posting your own >.>
It was guesstimated that it will be available at 9pm EST to everyone, when the store updates.


55

+ NOBODIE on February 21st, 2012 at 2:33 pm said:

doesn’t anyone read any more?


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm said:

    reading? what’s that?


56

+ Hooligantuan on February 21st, 2012 at 2:34 pm said:

Aha hahahaha SHOOT SOME BARRELS! For RIFT ENERGY!

STARHAWK!


57

+ Nexlus on February 21st, 2012 at 2:38 pm said:

I am a huge Warhawk fan and I haven’t had any time to play any sort of Starhawk with school and everything. I finally got a break from homework and I look forward to playing Starhawk for the first time :D


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:52 pm said:

    cool, check it out. 1.3 will add in the 32 player and more vehicles so get your feet wet now!


58

+ D-Squad3 on February 21st, 2012 at 2:39 pm said:

Game is garbage compared to Warhawk.


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 2:51 pm said:

    Thanks D-Squad3. I’m glad you could join the party. Please, share with me your concerns? I’d love to know what your issues are.


59

+ cavewulf on February 21st, 2012 at 3:09 pm said:

About what time do you think it will be updated (the store)


60

+ JH-FallenReaper on February 21st, 2012 at 3:53 pm said:

damn i deleted mine but redownloading because of 32 players online damn its going to be crazy. i didnt like TDM in this game though.


61

+ uu_messi on February 21st, 2012 at 3:54 pm said:

nice


62

+ JH-FallenReaper on February 21st, 2012 at 3:56 pm said:

Cavewolf your desperate man chill i liked it alot but this happens all the time late updates.


63

+ JH-FallenReaper on February 21st, 2012 at 4:00 pm said:

off topic , does anyone play Killzone 3 alot and want to join a clan dont matter if you suck or a beast?


64

+ KAJLKK on February 21st, 2012 at 4:02 pm said:

BONER!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!PSVita released 2moz & Starhawk beta now Open OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


65

+ Hooligantuan on February 21st, 2012 at 5:25 pm said:

Hey, guys, I am downloading the beta later because I am way into shooting barrels for energy.


66

+ LORDofKARNAGE on February 21st, 2012 at 5:38 pm said:

hey guys, its still not up , but another editor seems to have indicated it gets released tomorrow.


Harvard Bonin's Avatar

67

+ Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

checking, thanks


68

+ Warhawk_monkey on February 21st, 2012 at 5:59 pm said:

Harv, Number 2 on your tips list is by me. I first introduced it on StarhawkRADIO to let everyone know that if you knife the head you get head shot bonus.


    Harvard Bonin's Avatar

     

    + Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 6:15 pm said:

    no kidding…that’s where I got it from…so thanks!


Harvard Bonin's Avatar

69

+ Harvard Bonin on February 21st, 2012 at 6:14 pm said:

The PlayStation Store update is still being worked on. Thanks for your patience. We don’t have an ETA yet. When it updates you’ll be able to download the Starahwk Beta.


70

+ cavewulf on February 21st, 2012 at 6:41 pm said:

Thanks 4 the info. So it will be up soon or 12:00 midnight. Which ever time it is that day or the next, Im downloaidng that game. Just need patience.


71

+ cavewulf on February 21st, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

I changed my pic to warhawk plane


72

+ YunGFLASHyy on February 21st, 2012 at 7:04 pm said:

i remember the days when psn updated in the MORNING….


73

+ Kannon21 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:10 pm said:

Hey Jeremy Lin Harvard, what is Starahwk, is that a new game? o.O

Aaaanyways, yeah, mornings were better… :|

Can I TOW people already? =/ … Can I TOW people at all in the Beta? I haven’t seen anyone using that on youtube videos.. though I’ve looked at a couple cuz I don’t wanna spoil the fun. <3

Starhawk starts now?


74

+ android92 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:11 pm said:

I hope the store updates soon, I have been waiting for the ssx demo


75

+ Camaro89rs on February 21st, 2012 at 7:23 pm said:

Sounds like this is terrible planning on Sony’s part. I’m no tech guy but I would assume you would have an update ready to go they day before you supposed to push it. I suppose putting the finalization on it the day its suppose to go live make sense. It seems like almost a year ago Sony was stringing us along with this same garbage of “Thanks for your patience. We don’t have an ETA yet.”. Could this be the work Anonymous, kidding. The worse part about this whole delayed update debacle is the SSX demo not out yet. I sure hope EA is getting pissed that Sony is delaying their demo so they can put the final touches on the Sony exclusive warhawk 2 beta.


76

+ SkyShadowNinja91 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:24 pm said:

almost 10:30pm and still no beta code -_-
im about to just spam grenades on warhawk til it shows up


77

+ flashyodin8454 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:28 pm said:

I keep checking the PS store every fifteen minutes for the update. When will it update!?!?


78

+ Matrix_Lion on February 21st, 2012 at 7:35 pm said:

I just tried to download the Starhawk Beta and it says. This is an exclusive Playstation Plus offer.


79

+ resist_this13 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:40 pm said:

I’ve been playing Global Resistance the whole day (it isn’t a fun game) to wait for the Starhawk Open Beta, and boy am I bored.


80

+ AwesomeShockWave on February 21st, 2012 at 7:44 pm said:

9pm EST huh….well its 1 hour and 43 mins past 9pm EST and still no starhawk. My friend played the beta with ps plus membership and he said warhawk is way better.


81

+ xUchiha_95x on February 21st, 2012 at 7:49 pm said:

Where were these tips and control schemes when I needed them weeks ago when I first started playing Starhawk? lol


82

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

This update needs to happen SOON!!!! Im about to go insane. Cant wait any longer!


83

+ ziggurcat on February 21st, 2012 at 7:55 pm said:

where’s the store update?


84

+ AwesomeShockWave on February 21st, 2012 at 7:57 pm said:

Might as well change the title to starhawk beta open to all PSN user tomorrow Feb. 22. Only a few hours left b4 its the 22nd and the release of ps vita.


85

+ IZZYNATION on February 21st, 2012 at 8:20 pm said:

If u already have the starhawk beta, will u have to download the beta again. Or just update the beta I already have?


86

+ Hokage_45678 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:25 pm said:

Where in the world is the PSN update??!!


87

+ jason_ac on February 21st, 2012 at 8:33 pm said:

Welcome newbies!

Don’t forget to read
http://starhawk.wikia.com/wiki/Intro_To_The_Beta


88

+ resist_this13 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:33 pm said:

Maybe when the PS Blog says 9:00 it will be out.


89

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:38 pm said:

:( thats 2 hours though


90

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:39 pm said:

Never mind.. :D I feel stupid


91

+ resist_this13 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:43 pm said:

I have no Idea, just guessing based on ppl saying store updates at 9.


92

+ saint-saens94 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:43 pm said:

so in like twenty minutes?


93

+ Camaro89rs on February 21st, 2012 at 8:44 pm said:

Really Sony?


94

+ Camaro89rs on February 21st, 2012 at 8:46 pm said:

Pretty sure about a year ago we went through this same crap. No answers.


95

+ resist_this13 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:55 pm said:

This was the same problem as the PSN restoration crap.


96

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 8:56 pm said:

Well hopefully it updates in 5 minutes!


97

+ slavezero9 on February 21st, 2012 at 9:00 pm said:

Well, if there was any truth to the 9:00, here it is.
Heres hoping!


98

+ HairyPop-Tart69 on February 21st, 2012 at 9:04 pm said:

HELLS YEAH!!! Downloading the beta right now!! :D


99

+ slavezero9 on February 21st, 2012 at 9:07 pm said:

woo, took a quick restart, but its here!
*high-five*


100

+ resist_this13 on February 21st, 2012 at 9:08 pm said:

Now to wait another half an hour for download to finish lol


Comments are closed. We close the comments for posts after 30 days